On Thursday, the day after the House narrowly rejected an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would have cut funding to the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told reporters that he’s concerned the national counterterrorism debate is drifting in a libertarian direction -- a trend he thinks could endanger American lives.
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Paul Ryan’s latest budget is being slammed for, among other things, balancing. Under Ryan’s proposal, the deficit would gradually shrink before disappearing entirely 10 years from now.
On Monday, NBC published a Department of Justice memo that lays out the Obama administration's framework for determining when it's lawful for President Obama to order the assassination of a U.S. citizen.
I’m from California. I’m not an NRA member. I don’t own a gun, nor do any of my family members. I’ve never been hunting. I’ve only gone shooting once in my life (at a Daily Caller office retreat, incidentally). I’m not against gun-control laws on principle. And, frankly, I kind of like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Ever since Barack Obama managed to easily win re-election despite running up nearly $6 trillion in debt in four years and presiding over the worst economic recovery since World War II, Republicans have been panicking. Some seem to have given up on politics entirely, convinced that their party is destined to lose election after election while the country drowns in a sea of debt, taxes, and regulation. Others are more optimistic, but warn that in order for the GOP to remain competitive at the national level without abandoning its conservative principles, it will need to make major inroads with minority voters --- particularly Hispanics, but also Asians and African-Americans.
Barbie Adler, the owner of a high-end Chicago matchmaking service, recently told the Wall Street Journal that 75% of her clients refuse to date people who belong to a different political party than they do, up from 25% in past election cycles. Meanwhile, 40% of Americans now say they would be “upset” if their children married a member of the opposite party, up from about 20% in 2008 and about 5% in 1960.
Daily Caller Senior Editor Jamie Weinstein is the co-author --- along with Daily Caller Deputy Editor Will Rahn --- of “The Lizard King” (HarperCollins), a partially fictionalized account of President Obama’s origins that was released as an e-book on Oct. 9. I recently sat down with Weinstein to discuss his new book. The dialogue has been edited for clarity.
In 1973, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Roe v. Wade. In the 39 years since, that decision has revolutionized American politics, driving culturally conservative voters out of the Democratic Party and culturally liberal voters into it. It’s responsible for a good deal of the polarization in Washington today. And yet, overturning the decision would have a surprisingly small effect on the nationwide abortion rate.
Jonathan Krohn, the Georgia boy who gave a short speech at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference, is taking a lot of heat in the wake of a Politico piece about his evolution from a tween conservative to a teenage liberal. Conservative critics are calling him an “asshole,” a “douche” and even “a young David Brock.” They’re off-base.
On Thursday, the House rejected the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), which would have banned sex-selective abortions. In the lead-up to the vote, critics and supporters of PRENDA trotted out the usual pro-choice and pro-life arguments, as well as some more novel ones. But neither side made an issue of the striking disparities in state-level abortion rates.
For decades, the federal budget deficit has been a strong issue for Republicans because voters believe that Republicans are more likely than Democrats to balance budgets. That’s why Mitt Romney is hoping that the large budget deficits of the past five years will weigh heavily on voters’ minds in November, while President Obama is hoping that voters will instead focus on issues like his contraception mandate and the membership policies of Georgia country clubs.
I’ve always found it interesting that our society denies children the vote even though they’re the ones with the most at stake in our elections. After all, they have the longest left to live.
The Daily Caller published more than 2,000 op-eds this year. I recently combed through all of them and put together a wholly subjective list of the 20 most interesting ones --- the top 1%, so to speak. They’re listed in chronological order. (Here’s last year’s list.)
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue thinks we should suspend federal elections until the economy improves.
The U.S. Constitution is the tea party movement’s sacred text. No tea party rally ends without some speaker (or several) extolling the Constitution and condemning Obamacare for violating it. Sarah Palin has a picture of the 224-year-old document on her tour bus. And in January, at tea partiers’ behest, the 112th Congress opened with a reading of it.
In June 2002, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on the federal government’s long-term budget outlook. The report predicted that federal spending, which had hovered around 20% of GDP since World War II, would reach 23.8% of GDP in 2040, 30% of GDP in the late 2050s and 40% of GDP --- double the postwar average --- around 2075.
Twitter is both incredible and depressing.
The media often looks to the unemployment rate for clues about the economy’s health. If the unemployment rate is high, the economy is weak; if it’s low, the economy is strong. If the unemployment rate is dropping, the economy is improving; if it’s climbing, the economy is getting worse. The current unemployment rate is 9.1% (which is high), but it’s down from a peak of 10.1% a year and a half ago (an improvement). That’s why the media consensus is that the economy is weak but gradually getting stronger.
I can name a lot of liberal pop-culture blogs and magazines. My favorite is probably Slate. I don’t have a favorite conservative pop-culture blog or magazine, though. Perhaps that’s because so few conservative pop-culture blogs and magazines exist. In fact, one of the most obvious differences between the universe of liberal commentary and the universe of conservative commentary is that cultural analysis pervades the former but is almost absent from the latter.